Choosing The Right Equipment

What do you need to know about replacing your Maine home’s heating system?

If your equipment is more than 20 years old and breakdowns have become frequent, or your latest repair required replacing a major part, it’s a good sign that your system is hitting the end of its life span. And today’s equipment is much more efficient, saving homeowners as much as 20%, 30%, and even 40% each year.

On average, the energy efficiency level for new oil heating systems is in the mid-80% range, but to make sure your system performs to its rated efficiency level, it’s critical that your heating system installation be done properly.

Certified oilheat technicians are trained to make sure that your system is sized properly for the needs of your home. They perform tests that reveal how much heat your home loses in the winter. After determining how much power your home’s heating system needs, they can then expertly install your new boiler or furnace to guarantee you years of comfort and energy savings.

If you’re ready to explore new heating options for your home, your local heating oil company will be happy to help!

Repair or Replace?

Your local oilheat dealer can answer any questions you have about whether it’s time for a new system. You can also use this guide as you decide whether it’s best to repair your system or purchase a new one.

AGE OF SYSTEMLess than 20 yearsMore than 20 years
Older systems are less efficient and cost more to repair.

Less than 50% cost of new unit

Unit still under warranty.

Less than two repairs in last 10 years.

50% more than cost of new unit

Any repairs after warranty expires.

Any repairs after 10 years and older.


More than 80% AFUE*

If it’s still efficient, it may be worth keeping.

Less than 80% AFUE

New units have ratings that exceed 90%. You save money long-term because of higher efficiency.

*Annual fuel utilization efficiency